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This article relates to the canonical games. See Pikipedia's "Red Bulborb" article for more canonical information.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Cannicus
Class Vegeterii
Family Grub-dog
Genus Oculus
Species Kageyamii
Subspecies Russus
Pikmin 1Pikmin 2Pikmin 3Hey! Pikmin
Red Bulborb The icon used to represent this enemy.
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Scientific name Oculus kageyamii russus
Family Grub-dog
Areas Forest of Hope, Valley of Repose, Awakening Wood, Garden of Hope, Tropical Wilds, Formidable Oak, The Shadow in the Brush
Caves Hole of Beasts, Hole of Heroes, Dream Den
Challenge Mode Explorer's Cave, Lost Toy Box, Red Chasm, Collector's Room, Breeding Ground, Emperor's Realm
Carry Weight 10
Max. Carriers 20
Seed Worth 10
P2 Poko Value Poko × 7
P3 Value P3 icon poko.png P3 icon spirit.png × 50
Attacks Eats pikmin

Red Bulborbs were originally known as Spotty Bulborbs until various other subspecies, all with spots, were discovered. In most games, this nocturnal creature will sleep out in the open, exposing itself to Pikmin attacks. Bulborbs are generally surprisingly apathetic creatures and won't arise from their sleep even if one of their own is under attack. That being said, however, some Dwarf Bulborbs in may let out a screech when agitated, awaking any nearby Bulborbs. Throwing Pikmin at a Bulborb's eyes will make it flinch in pain and be extremely vulnerable.


Olimar's notes

"This large organism has the familiar mandibles and cranial morphology of the grub-dog family, as well as the characteristic bulging eyes. As with most grub-dogs, the creature's cranium comprises half of its total length and girth. Showing a scarlet abdomen with white spots, this creature is primarily nocturnal, choosing to prey upon smaller creatures returning to their nests. Originally classified as the spotty bulborb, further research has reclassified this species as the red bulborb. Subspecies of varied colors have recently been discovered, but academics are divided into two rival camps over how to handle their classification."

Louie's notes

"Plump specimens are best spit-roasted whole, stuffed with a lime and a slab of bacon. Baste frequently to ensure a magnificently moist haunch."

In fanon-games

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This creature appears in the following fanon games:


The locations of the Red Bulborb in most of the games that it appears in. Sublevels are listed for the caves.


The President's notes (Pikmin: The Huge Debt)

"This creature is not worth anything, except to be sold as a very large pet or as food..."

Sagittarius's notes

"A nice house pet, but requires a large sleeping mat and plenty of meat. Petting is not advised, as they may wake up believing they are being attacked by Pikmin. Owners must be the kind that can fall asleep even when someone is snoring, as this snores loud enough to scare nearby animals. Voracious appetite can be used to your advantage to create a fearsome burglar alarm. The burglars may not make it out intact, though."

Libra's notes

"If tanned like leather, this creature makes an excellent shoe or purse material, and is completely Pikmin-proof!"

Violet's notes

"This creature is so strong, so majestic... but Louie is so strong he could easily beat it any day!"

Charlie’s notes (Pikmin: Dimensional Breach)

"Attack it from behind to gain the advantage! Its eyeballs are a weak point!"

Derrick’s notes (Pikmin: Dimensional Breach)

"The creature’s stomach acids are a potent catalyst for decomposition reactions, capable of breaking down objects to their base compounds and decaying those compounds to water and other simple molecules. I should hunt down as many of these as I can!"

Pikmin: Evolution Unleashed

Olimar's notes

"This species of Grub-dog is the most common of it's kind and has gotten more vicious over the years. Once it's fixed on something, it won't give it up so easily."

Louie's notes

"Cook with your favorite steak, meatloaf or stir fry substitute or spread with Salisbury sauce and fried beans to have a delicious four-course meal."


Pikmin: Bulborb
In this game, the Red Bulborb is the player character and it eats Pikmin for points.
Pikmin: Evolution Unleashed
It is violent, as it will attempt to chase down your Pikmin squad at a farther distance and is able eat more Pikmin. Up to 35 Pikmin can be eaten.

In fanon-games

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Bag Poké Ball Sprite.png Pikimon
This article and/or image relates to the non-canon game, Pikimon, created by Lazer, assisted by Cheepy-Cheepy and Alpo499.
Bag Poké Ball Sprite.png
Red Bulborb
Type(s) Normal.png
Family Grub-dog
Locations Grass, dark grass
Ability Tangled Feet

Move list

  • Start - Headbutt
  • Lv. 7 - Dash
  • Lv. 10 - Scary Face
  • Lv. 15 - Bite
  • Lv. 20 - Slam
  • Lv. 25 - Yawn
  • Lv. 30 - Crunch
  • Lv. 50 - Earthquake
  • HM01 - Strength


  • Fire Stone -> Fiery Bulblax
  • Lv. 50 Male -> Emperor Bulblax
  • Lv. 50 Female -> Empress Bulblax


  • Bulblorb Larva -> Lv. 25

One Pikmin

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Red Bulborb
HP 15
Attack 3
Defence 0
Seed Dollars 3

Red Bulborbs appear as regular enemies in the following areas:

Pikmin: The Return of the Puffmin

ThePikminMeister'sCat.jpg Pikmin: The Return of the Puffmin
This Article or Image Relates to the Non-Canon Game, Pikmin: The Return of the Puffmin, created by ThePikminMeister.

Red Bulborbs are the same as they are in the canonical games, only they have better hearing, so they will be able to hear better when you kill their babies.

Pikmin 4: The World to Free

Red Bulborb
Scientific name Oculus kageyamii russus
Family Grub-dog
Areas The Forest of Beginnings, Blooming oak Secret Factory
Challenge Mode Cove of The Bulborbs ( Rocky Warfield> VS)
Carry Weight 10
Max. Carriers 20
Seed Worth 15
Poko Value Poko × 30
Attacks Eats pikmin

Tike's notes

"After I got here I discovered I landed on PNF 404 so yeah, this has been an already explored sign. I started to get messages from a friend of mine from Hocotate, saying that his grandfather told him stories of every creature here, some I can't name. Plus the so-called man-eating Red Bulborbs. He said that Red Bulborbs are quite common, and they eat Pikmin as well. Well, I believe him, because when I visited the planet, there were Red bulborbs. However, I don't know why they are considered scary. Plus when I came to the planet, they are not too common either. In fact, after I explored three chunks of land in this world: Forest of Beginnings, Crystal Citadel, and Trash Kingdom. I only mainly found Sheargrubs and Shearwigs. What happened to the Bulborb craze? Perhaps sheargrubs dominated the world."

Alice's notes

"Well, I know some act differently, at different times of the day. But never before I have seen such a mood swing like this before. Meet the Red Bulborb, the lazy, carefree creature, in the morning all gentle, and sweet. However in the night, they are in the vicious, mean, I want to rip your head off type of mood. I'm serious this is how they are. Maybe while one is sleeping, I will administer a stress-relieving pill. Maybe he won't be grumpy after his nocturnal nap this time."

Captain Pikmin's notes

"Well, we have known red bulborbs for a long time, so they kinda like our long time rival. Attack his back, when they're sleeping, and that should leave a mark on him. When he wakes up, avoid their jaws of doom. It should keep Pikmin away from being their nice bedtime snack."

Pikmin: The Bulblaxian War

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Red Bulborb
Scientific name Oculus kageyamii russus
Family Grub-dog
Areas Base Camp, The Valley of Regret
Carry Weight 10
Max. Carriers 20
Seed Worth 10
Poko Value Poko × 15
Attacks Eats pikmin

They appear as fairly common enemies in Pikmin: The Bulblaxian War. They have the same appearance and behavior as in other games. They make appearances at Base Camp and The Valley of Regret.

Olimar's notes

"This creature was once classified as the spotty bulborb, but other spotted ones were found. The only grub-dog that can be classified as "Spotty" is the Spotty Bulbear. But chances are that won't be the case for much longer."

Ship's notes

"I feel like this creature is really disgusting. I mean like, just LOOK at its eyes. What has eyes like that? It also has a horrible odor (so what if I can't smell?). However, it does have a nice red color."

Pikmin: The Winds of Light

Windlight.jpg The Winds of Light
This article and/or image relates to the Non-Canon Game, Pikmin: The Winds of Light, created by EmperorRagingLongLegs.
Red Bulborb
Scientific name Oculus kageyamii russus
Family Grub-dog
Areas The Summoning Garden, Architect's Playground, Yellow Depths
Carry Weight 10
Max. Carriers 20
Seed Worth 10
Poko Value Poko × 15
Attacks Eats pikmin

So far, one Red Bulborb is in The Summoning Garden, one on Sublevel 2 of the Architect's Playground, one holding the Treasure Block on Sublevel 3 of the Architect's Playground,one holding the Happiest Hatchling on Sublevel 2 of the Yellow Depths, one on Sublevel 5 of the Yellow Depths, two walking around on Sublevel 8, and two on the bridge in Sublevel 9 of the Yellow Depths.

Olimar's notes

"Odd enough, this creature seems to be one of the most common inhabitants of this planet (excluding the Dwarf Red Bulborb). How it has grown to such a big population is unknown. Maybe it has no predators?"

Pikmin: Return

In Pikmin: Return, the Red Bulbob returns along with its close cousins, the Sunset Bulbor and the Pale Bulborb, which only appear in beach areas and cave areas, respectively. The Red Bulborb is similar in appearance to the one in Pikmin 3. If Pikmin are thrown at its eyes or Purple Pikmin are thrown on its back, it will flinch and release any Pikmin in its mouth. If it swallows a Bomb-rock, the bomb-rock will explode and its body will expand quickly and slightly. Smoke will then seep out of its mouth and nose briefly. It will now be able to wander the whole map if it is disturbed, and if the Captain/Pikmin gets out of range, it will follow the shortest path back to its sleeping spot, and they have a walking path much like the Pikmin's carrying path, except it will not jump onto lilypads or use geysers, and will go through water and try to go around obstacles like fire and electricity. Bulborbs will now respond to different hazards. Its minor variants are listed below:

  • Pale Bulborb - the same as normal Red Bulborbs but with a few graphical and behavioral differences, such as a slightly longer body, a paler face and duller red on its rear, and inability to go in deep bodies of water.
  • Sunset Bulborb - the same as normal Red Bulborbs but with a few differences, such as a stouter body, tanner face, and spots, a more vibrant shade of red on its hide, and ability to roar and summon Dwarf Red Bulborbs to aid it in battle.

Pikmin: Theme Park

Red Bulborbs are the second most common enemy and is the Miniboss of the Landing Site. They are found everywhere except a number of caves, including the first cave in the game. They are usually found in Carnival Square, near their kids. In this game, they are known as Red Bulborb Adults.

Pikmin: Spider Attack

Long Legs.jpg Pikmin: Spider Attack
This article or section relates to the non-canon game Pikmin: Spider Attack, created by TruJam.
Red Bulborb
Scientific name Oculus kageyamii russus
Family Grub-dog
Areas Grassland Hill, Birch Forest, Rocky Gravel
Caves Water Mound, Cave Den
Challenge Mode Explorer's Dungeon
Carry Weight 10
Max. Carriers 20
Seed Worth 12 seeds
Poko Value Poko × 7
Attacks Eats Pikmin